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Those ten especially commissioned essays exhibit that in the center a while the belief of an English state used to be no longer mounted. The participants learn and distinction the considering at the back of the ways that medieval philosophers and writers imagined or fantasised approximately an English state. The specialized papers are divided into 5 sections which study: the idea at the back of the belief of a `nation'; the assumption of a kingdom united by way of its universal vernacular language, rather than Latin; Chaucer's England; Langland's England; England and its neighbours.

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